Stefan Stux Gallery presents Shot Through: New Paintings by Margaret Evangeline on view through April 23. This will
be the artist's first exhibition at the gallery.
Although Margaret Evangeline still has the languid intensity of a New Orleanian, she has been living and working
in New York City since 1993. This biographical detail may help to explain her comfortable handling of the process
that informs her abstract paintings. In Shot Through:New Paintings, M a rgaret Evangeline uses various weaponry
such as a Savage Arms 12 gauge shotg u n , a Desert Eagle, a Colt. 45 and a Luger 108 to create twenty-one new
stainless steel paintings. In the artist's words, “I want the sensation of painting without the paint”.
E v a n g eline also notes the desire for transparency as a constant within her process. She quotes Andre Gide as a
source for these strangely elegant reflective surfaces, “beauty… inspired by madness, written in reason.”
The title of the show, Shot Through, refers to a moment, a lucid experience, that is the end of illusion.
Included in the exhibition is Evangel i n e's charged 3.5 minute video, Once Upon a Time, America (2005). Fo o t a g e
taken while the artist was producing a site-specific work for Art/Omi International has been edited to heighten play
between illusion and reality. The viewer experiences the impact and reverberating sound of rifleshot through what
appears to be a melting surface. The sound of the artist's voice, distorted reflections of a forest and the artist's body
are essential components of this sublimely unsettling work. Also included in Shot Through is LosLunas, a
Photojournal, Feb r u a ry, 2005, small-scaled photographs of a deserted shooting range outside of Los Lu n a s , New
Mexico. These have been printed on aluminum.